The Ides of October

The Ides of October

At the exact half way point between my Fall and Winter newsletters, I’m slipping in an extra one because … the moment is finally here! The national (and international) Pub Date of the hardcover of Old New Worlds is today, October 15th 2019. Three years of...
My Reading List at The Rumpus

My Reading List at The Rumpus

If anyone had told me a year ago that I would be published in The Rumpus—along with the likes of Roxane Gay, Rick Moody, Cheryl Strayed, Steve Almond, et al—I would have thought I was dreaming. Yet, thanks to Creative Strategist, Ben Tanzer, it turns out to be...
Fall Newsletter: “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness …”

Fall Newsletter: “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness …”

This was my view for much of the past month while I was recording the audiobook of Old New Worlds. As I recount in the book, The first time I had to share my words when I started the MFA program, I wanted to climb right back inside myself from sheer awkwardness and...
The Tiny Letter giveaway

The Tiny Letter giveaway

As an incentive to sign up for my newsletter, I offered a framed print of this painting by my mother, which inspired the cover of Old New Worlds. The youngest twig of our family tree, Lizzy, made the pick! Watch it here.
Priceless birthday presents

Priceless birthday presents

Tucked away in the basement of this building on the leafy campus of Johns Hopkins University, is the Department of Conservation & Preservation of the Sheridan Libraries. It was here that I went early this year to meet Jennifer Jarvis, a Book & Paper...
#Celebrateimmigrants

#Celebrateimmigrants

“Every writer has only one story to tell” —James Baldwin In my case, I wouldn’t even have been a writer if telling my story hadn’t compelled me; after I became an immigrant twenty-two years ago, I simply hadto write about it. So now, on this...

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